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Meet the 2016 Maine Fellows
A graduate of Wheaton College (MA), Will Albeck received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in German Studies in 2008. As a student he worked and studied abroad in Germany and volunteered abroad in Costa Rica teaching English to primary school students in San Carlos. Since graduating he has had a variety of roles; fundraising for President Obama’s 2008 campaign in Boston, working as a residential real estate agent in Manhattan, writing for an online music publication, volunteering as an SAT instructor, and more recently working at an internationally focused non-profit impact investment firm. A recovering New Yorker, Will moved to Portland in 2013 after accepting an offer at his current organization. Will enjoys his current position which combines his passions for education, international exchange and technology and is excited to explore new opportunities to engage with the local community.
Amanda was born in Augusta, Maine and has been a resident of Portland for 5 years. She attended the University of Southern Maine where she earned a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Labor Studies and economics and also holds an A.A. In Legal Studies. Amanda has worked as a consumer protection law paralegal for 5 years, specializing in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure defense litigation.
Liam Carroll, Account Manager, Stone Coast Fund Services, LLC
Liam Carroll is a resident of Harpswell and Maine's Mid-Coast region, specializing in corporate accounting and financial operations. Currently, Liam is an account manager with Stone Coast Fund Services LLC of Portland, a specialized provider of hedge fund accounting services. In prior roles, Liam was employed in the bank loan and credit operations departments at State Street Global Services, Virtus Partners LLC, and US Bank Corporate Trust Services. In the recent past, Liam sought roles in non-profit accounting at a major research university, and as a controller for three startups in Boston. During his time outside of office settings, Liam has been involved in various local rugby organizations as a player and recruiter, most notably the Boston Ironsides RFC, which formed in 2002 as New England’s first gay-friendly men’s rugby club. Liam also enjoys volunteering in the area of his vocation, preparing individual tax returns for underserved populations through the VITA/TCE federal outreach program, and as financial coach to persons in foreclosure during the 2008-9 financial crisis. During the 2008 general election cycle, Liam served as treasurer of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, a state-registered political action committee and sec. 501 (c) (4) non-profit. Liam graduated from Newman Preparatory High School of Boston in 2003 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 2007.
Matt Caston, Maine Grassroots Manager, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Matt Caston works for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Topsham, Maine where he serves as the primary outreach and relationship manager for the organization’s advocacy volunteers. There, he works with cancer survivors and caregivers to affect positive cancer care and healthcare policy change at the legislative level. Over the past five years, Matt has worked and volunteered extensively in political and issue-based organizing and campaigns, ranging from marriage equality to labor rights; most recently he was a Regional Field Director for Eliot Cutler during the 2014 Maine gubernatorial elections. He hopes to educate and empower more communities to influence socioeconomic policy change outside of the usual avenues of political and organizational engagement. A first generation college graduate, Matt attended the University of Maine at Farmington and received a BA in Anthropology & Sociology in 2009. While there, he focused his studies on Russian foreign relations and contemporary culture, as well as worldwide LGBT equality issues. In 2011, he was the keynote speaker for the Rainbow Business and Professionals Association in which he highlighted his research on Russian LGBT equality and culture. In the community, Matt serves at the Chair of Stewardship for First Parish Portland, overseeing the largest annual fundraising campaign for the church. Matt plans to attend graduate school for Public Policy in 2017.
Harlan Cutshall, Finance Coordinator, Committee for Ranked Choice Voting
Harlan Cutshall is a recent college graduate who returned home to Maine this summer after four years away. Originally from Falmouth, Harlan attended public schools before enrolling at Emory University, where he studied international relations and global health. Forever fascinated with Central and Eastern European politics, Harlan studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary in 2013 before graduating in May 2015. At Emory, his academic interests concerned European communism and its socio-cultural and political effects on the continent; American regional politics; and the politics of global health. Deeply fascinated in local and national politics for as long as he can remember, Harlan interned on Eliot Cutler's 2014 gubernatorial campaign before taking a full-time position with the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting in June 2015. Aimed at bringing ranked choice voting to Maine, Harlan does campaign-wide development and fundraising work, concentrated on fundraisers, house parties, and other special events. In addition to Maine politics, Harlan's passions include international travel, the socio-cultural transformation of post-communist Europe, and tennis.
Dakota Dowling, Lead Health Care Associate, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Originally from North Carolina, where she received her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dakota has quickly found herself at home in Maine since her move in 2012. Dakota Dowling began her career at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England almost four years ago in the Sanford office, then deftly moving to a floating position within the organization before transitioning to her current role as Lead Health Care Associate for the Portland office. There her real passion for sexual health care and reproductive justice has begun to shine through as she establishes new community partnerships with other local organizations, and works to continually improve patient care and streamline clinical systems. Additionally she is a 2015 cohort member in the Sexuality Counseling and Education certificate program at the University of Michigan.
Micah Ehiorobo, Laboratory Technician, IDEXX Laboratories
Micah Ehiorobo is currently a Laboratory Technician in the Clinical Chemistry Research & Development Lab at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine. IDEXX Laboratories is a biotechnology company that focuses on providing diagnostic tests for veterinarian use on companion animals. Micah is responsible for performing various chemical assays and quality control tests on patient samples and IDEXX products. Micah is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience & Behavior. As a student, he played Varsity Ice Hockey and worked as a Student Manager at Wesleyan’s University Center. After graduating college he joined FEMACorps, an AmeriCorps NCCC program that focuses on serving critical needs related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, disaster relief, and emergency assistance. Micah spent the year traveling to many communities throughout the country to support FEMA and increase their capabilities.
Leslie Hogan, Human Resources Coordinator, Local Sprouts Cooperative
Leslie Hogan is currently the Human Resources Coordinator and Board Vice President at Local Sprouts Cooperative in Portland, Maine. In this worker-owned cooperative she propels the effort to create a sustainable and just food and service economy, and a workplace that lends itself to community engagement, mutual support, and anti-oppressive action. In her free time, Leslie enjoys rummaging through antique barns, reading whatever she can get her hands on, and finding new places to explore.
Truc Huynh, Senior Account Executive, Unum
Truc Huynh is a graduate of Bowdoin College class of 2005. He is currently a Senior Account Executive at Unum in Portland, Maine. He is a former Mitchell Scholar. He currently resides in Portland, Maine. He enjoys camping, fishing, volunteering and all of the majestic views that the State of Maine has to offer.
Gift, a sophomore at Bates College, Maine, is from Mombasa, Kenya. Both academic achievement and leadership skills won her entrance into one of the most prestigious schools in Africa - the African Leadership Academy (ALA) - in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, she was Attorney General, Honor Council, and the recruitment officer, South African Ideas Festival. Gift successfully fund raised the high school tuition for a 15-year old girl in Kenya using the paying it forward theme. At ALA, Gift received several awards: ALA 2014 Dean’s Award; 2013 Bezos Scholar to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival; 6 ALA awards for outstanding community contributions and for netball and art. At Bates, Gift is a psychology research and a chemistry lab assistant and a residential assistant. She is passionate about healthcare and education and has volunteered summers with Clinton Health Access Initiative and “Carolina for Kibera” both in Nairobi. Gift is also an entrepreneur hence the co-director of a Taste Afrique Company Limited in Kenya. When not studying, Gift enjoys singing with her acapella group at Bates or volunteering at the local after-school programs in Lewiston.
William Malsbury, School-Based Mentor Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine
Will Malsbury of Gardiner is a School-Based Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine. In this position, he is responsible for recruiting, interviewing, screening and training prospective high school and college students to serve as mentors for elementary and middle school students. He coordinates School-Based Mentoring in Kennebec and Somerset Counties and provides support as Bigs and Littles develop their relationships. Prior to his work at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Malsbury worked as an AmeriCorps member for City Year Boston, serving in a 4th grade classroom as a tutor, role model and mentor for students in all subject areas, behavior management and attendance coaching. He also coordinated an extended day learning program for 30 students by writing curriculum and facilitating activities. Before that, he served as a Youth Outreach Specialist/Therapeutic Mentor for Riverside Community Care in Needham, MA, where he mentored young adolescent men with mental disabilities. In graduate school Malsbury studied Elementary Education at Northeastern University, and a received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Non-Profit Organization Management from Gordon College. While attending Gordon College, Malsbury was selected to be the Service Learning Trip Leader, for a service trip to the CICRIN Orphanage in Ometepe, Nicaragua. In that role he interviewed and selected a team of 11 peers who completed physical service projects on orphanage grounds. Malsbury is very excited to be a member of the Maine NLC 2016 fellowship, because it will give the opportunity for him to further his professional experience and provide the tools to continue to help and hone others around him.
Aashley Malsbury, Policy Associate, NAMI Maine
Aashley Malsbury is the Policy Associate for the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; the largest grassroots mental health organization in the state. She is working to develop indicators of success that can be used to measure the effectiveness of Maine's mental health system and to inform policy decisions aimed at improving this system. Aashley has her bachelors degree in Psychology from Gordon College, and prior to working at NAMI Maine she worked with at-risk children in Massachusetts. Aashley grew up in Manchester, ME and currently lives in Gardiner with her husband and two dogs.
Jessica Milinichik, Enrollment Coordinator, Planned Parenthood
Jessica is from Northeast Philadelphia and has always had a passion for public service. She began her career as an organizer with the Obama campaign while she studied Political Science at Arcadia University. Post-graduation she served in AmeriCorps at the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity as a community organizer; making sure Philadelphians had proper and equal access to government programs. In November of 2014 she started working for Planned Parenthood Keystone as their Healthcare Advocate ensuring that our patients had insurance through the marketplace. Believing that access to reproductive health affects the overall social, economic and health of women, she moved to Portland, Maine in October of 2015 to continue her work with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England as their Enrollment Coordinator.
Adam Pontius, Coalition Coordinator
Adam Pontius graduated summa cum laude from Elmira College with a BA in Political Science. While in college, Adam developed a passion for politics, global affairs, and civic activism, serving as Vice-President of Elmira's College Republicans for two years and founding the Elmira College Civics Society. He wrote his senior thesis on the development of quantitative measurements of the commitment of alliance members to NATO. Since graduating college, Adam has become active in Maine politics, working on Eliot Cutler's 2014 gubernatorial campaign and co-founding the Portland, Maine chapter of Citizen's Climate Lobby. He currently works as Coalition Coordinator for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, and blogs on all matters international security related with a focus on Europe and the Former Soviet Union countries. Adam lives in Portland with his amazing wife and two cats.
Amy Russell, Director of Client Services, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine
Amy Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Client Services at a non-profit serving Midcoast Maine. She is experienced in mentoring new social workers and providing supervision to case management staff for agencies working with people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, Amy is an assistant instructor teaching self-empowerment self-defense to individuals and community organizations. Amy received her Masters in Social Work from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and trail running with her dog, Tor.
Matthew Swan, Owner, Tumbledown Brewing, LLC.
Matthew Swan graduated from the University of Maine in 2002 with a degree in Kinesiology and Outdoor Rec, or "Go Play Outside". Having followed that and other career paths for a few years he has finally found his calling and is co-owner and head brewer at Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington, ME. When not in the brewery you will find him spending time on a bike, skis, or on the water with fly rod in hand.
Kyra Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Community Housing of Maine
Kyra Walker is the Chief Operating Officer of Community Housing of Maine (CHOM), the largest supportive housing provider for homeless and special needs populations in the state. Kyra has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service, and more than 15 years experience in the field of affordable housing. In her current role, Kyra directs and participates in all facets of property and asset management, including oversight of CHOM’s residential real estate portfolio. Kyra has been with CHOM since 2008, helping increase its asset base by over 60%. Community Housing of Maine is a nonprofit organization that as its core mission provides advocacy, supportive housing, community inclusion, and stability for homeless and special needs populations across the state of Maine.